Hundreds of patients have been left without an NHS dentist in Bridlington after a town centre surgery shut for good.
Bridlington Dental Care in Prospect Street closed its doors permanently last month.
A letter sent out to patients said: “This decision has not been easy, and we have been trying for the last two years to recruit an NHS dentist. We have endeavoured to do our best at all times.
“There is a national shortage and more so within the East Coast area.
“We would like to thank all patients for using our services over the years which has been greatly appreciated. We are only sorry that we could not carry on providing NHS dental services.
“Patients can find out which dental practices in the area are accepting NHS patients, and those who have an urgent need can receive care by contacting NHS 111.
“We can also can take patients at Trenton Dental Practice on Anlaby Road in Hull on 01482 355019 as independent patients, should you wish to go there.”
However, it appears news of the surgery’s closure has not made it through to all the patients. Sal Cooke OBE has been a patient at the practice for decades.
She said: “I have been going to the practice probably around 38 years – and have had not a call or a letter or an email.
“I have an appointment booked in October – but other than hearing from others I would not know, as has been the case with other people I have spoken to.
“It’s very bizarre. It seems that people who registered with them in the email era have been sent a message.
“People like me who have been with them a long time, before the days of emails, have had absolutely nothing.
“But the doors are locked and when you ring and a message says the practice has now closed.”
Other people who posted on the Free Press Facebook page said they’d had to travel for treatment or had been left with unfinished dental work.
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